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Music and the Nervous System and Approaches to working with children who have English as a Second Language

Tuesday 28 April 2020

2:00pm - 5:00pm

London Bridge Hive, SE1 3SZ

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and in accordance with Public Health England’s guidance, this training course is under review. We are considering alternatives to face-to-face training if necessary, and will update delegates and our website shortly.

£20 Freelancer/individual; £35 organisations with an annual turnover of less than £250k; £55 organisations with an annual turnover of more than £250k


Delivered by the I Speak Music team, this training session will take place in two parts.


The first part will look at how we, as native speaking practitioners, can better interact with children and young people who have English as a second or other language. We will explore techniques to ensure both teacher and learner can better understand each other, focus on features of native communication that are often misinterpreted, and look at the benefits of non-verbal communication within music settings.


The second part of the session will explore the connection between music and the nervous system. Participants will learn about how music can be used as a tool to help regulate the nervous system for children and young people who have experienced trauma and/or stress.


We will also explore how to plan music workshops that work with the nervous system and encourage positive engagement and integration during and after workshops have ended


Who should attend?

This session is relevant for teachers, instrumental/vocal tutors, community musicians and workshop leaders who are working with children and young people with EAL or who are experiencing trauma. It is also relevant for Music Education Hub staff and leaders, and community music organisations.



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I Speak Music is a programme run by Surrey Music Education Hub using music to promote learning, empathy and cultural tolerance between people newly arrived in the UK and local communities.


Jim Pinchen

Jim Pinchen is the Inclusion & Music Programme Manager for Surrey Arts where his role focuses on ensuring Surrey Music Hub activities are inclusive and accessible for all young people. Jim set up and continues to manage the award winning Orchestra of Unlimited Potential (UP!) as well as other programmes for disadvantaged groups including ‘I Speak Music’.  Jim has a particular interest in working internationally and has set up numerous arts collaborations and exchange projects with organisations in Brazil, Mexico, Columbia and Northern Ireland and he is a trainer with Musicians Without Borders working extensively in international areas of conflict/post-conflict. He is also trainer with Musicians Without Borders working extensively in international areas of conflict/post-conflict and is an international composer, commissioned regularly by the BBC as well as a number of well known UK and international contemporary dance companies.


Jim Pinchen


Kayte Cable

Kayte Cable is co-founder and programmes manager of the Big Leaf Foundation, a charity that exists to combat the social isolation of displaced young people, and provide educational, cultural and employment-focused opportunities.  She has been working alongside Unaccompanied Asylum Seeker Children, young refugees and asylum seekers in educational and extra-curricular projects for seven years, with a particular interest in the pathways of creative arts, sport and community interaction in response to the wealth of existential needs triggered by dislocation and resettlement. She holds a Masters in Refugee Care at the University of Essex and the NHS Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust, with a direct focus on best response to neglected elements within educational, practical and psychosocial needs, and has provided training to a number of groups and organisations on effective engagement with young people who are post-conflict, torture and loss.  

Kayte Cable




I Speak Music



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